Real Name:
The Skiprats
Based in the North East of England, the Skip Rats have been well established on the rockin' scene, both in Europe and the UK since 1986. They can be seen at many rock 'n' roll clubs, festivals, pubs and private functions playing their brand of authentic rockabilly music.

Many recordings have been produced in the history of the SkipRats, consisting of rare 50's covers and many self penned songs, which are a true reflection of the personal tastes of the members of the band.

Colin Mee - Lead Vocal/Rhythm Guitar
Mickie Downey - Upright Bass
Joe Guillan - Lead Guitar/Vocals

"Those "music critics" in the mags call the style of this trio from the North East of England "Roots Music" - the Skip Rats call it, "stuff that's really gettin' ya rockin". Their very special and personal mix of Country, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Blues, Skiffle and Rock 'n' Roll is just the way the place they come from is: straight forward, sometimes soft, sometimes rough, sometimes wild and sometimes smooth - but always honest.

The way of the Skip Rats' career leads upward - if you ask frontman Colin Mee for the reasons, he shrugs his shoulders and says: We believe in what we're doing. Look's like people appreciate this." Looks like they definitely do - almost every gig in 1997 was sold out! Ever since the first gig of the band back in 1987 at the Excelsior Club in Gateshead/Newcastle, the Skip Rats built up a huge following in whole Europe, and are constant guests on the continent.

It was on occasion of a concert by the Skip Rats in Paris, when a Swiss Indie label took notice of the band, resulting in the release of the first album, "She's My Baby", whose first edition of 1000 pieces sold out within two weeks. Today, (daft) collectors are paying more than $300 for this 10" LP! This release led to the Skip Rats appearance as a support act for Little Richard at the Volkshaus in Zurich/Switzerland. This was not the only show with an American star, in the meantime the band can look back at shows with many U.S. stars fromthe fifties.

BBC or Radio 24, Country Music Radio or DRS III: you won't get around that band! After the releases of CD No. 2 and No. 3 (Move over, Rover/Music To My Ears - Rundell/Germany) and CD No. 4 (Let Your Hair Down, Baby/Raucous) the release of their 5th album, "Sick, Sober And Sorry", (Armadillo Records) marks the zenith of their career so far, and 1998 is going to be the "year of the rat": both the interest of the audience and the media are big. The Skip Rats have been secret stars within the rockin' scene, but now the "normal" audience, sick and tired of souless artificial bands, discovered their rockin' beat for themselves, and today their audience is as mixed as a fancy drink. The Skip Rats are a wild live act, and you can't escape the charm of frontman Colin (especially when you're a girl!)

He's the creative head of the band, and his unmistakeable voice - somewhere between Elvis, Ernest Tubb and James Intvelt - stage personality and Charme did do their bit for the success of the band. He's a typical northerner: lovable and stubborn! He's supported in a professional way by Ian Rhodes on lead guitar, who's playing clear, sharp riffs, without taking the warmth out of the music. The Skip Rats' sound is carried and underlaid with the driving rhythm by the brilliant Mickie Downey on Bass. Drums? Nope, there are none. And believe me - nobody missed them so far!!!

Colin, Ian and Mickie write most of their material themselves, and part of the success receipe of the band isthe continuity. There hasn't been a change in the line-up ever since 1993, and you can hear from the complete sound that his band is in unity. "



SRT + 92L+349 Skiprats - She's My Baby album art Skiprats She's My Baby(10", Album) Crazy-Beat Records SRT + 92L+349 Switzerland 1992 Sell This Version
Skiprats - Move Over Rover album art Skiprats Move Over Rover (Album) Rundell Records Germany 1994 Sell This Version
LP020/CD09 Skiprats - Music To My Ears album art Skiprats Music To My Ears(LP, Album) Rundell Records LP020/CD09 UK 1995 Sell This Version
RAUCD 032 Skiprats - Let Your Hair Down Baby album art The Skiprats* Let Your Hair Down Baby(CD, Album) Raucous Records RAUCD 032 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Skiprats - Sick, Sober And Sorry album art Skiprats Sick, Sober And Sorry (Album) Armadillo Records ( Switzerland ) 1998 Sell This Version
PBCD 008 Skiprats - Heartbreak Soup album art The Skip Rats* Heartbreak Soup(CD, Album) Pink 'N' Black Records PBCD 008 Europe 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rundell EP 022 Skiprats - Heading Out album art Skiprats Heading Out(7") Rundell Records Rundell EP 022 Germany 1996 Sell This Version


SKCD-01 Skiprats - Songs By Mee - Vol. 1 album art Skiprats Songs By Mee - Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Skip Records (6) SKCD-01 UK 2005 Sell This Version
SKCD-04 Skiprats - Songs By Mee Vol. 2 album art The Skip Rats* Songs By Mee Vol. 2(CD, Comp) Skip Records (6) SKCD-04 UK 2009 Sell This Version

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